CAIR San Francisco Bay Area

Civil Rights Attorney

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  • Full Time
  • $85,479 - $96,153/year
  • San Jose, CA
May 16, 2024 Attorney

Job Description

Title: Civil Rights Attorney

Reporting Relationships: Reports to Managing Attorney

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review and investigate an array of legal claims brought by an incredibly diverse community
  • Conduct intakes of legal claims as necessary through effective communication with members of the community
  • Manage a considerable caseload (our attorneys currently manage approximately 200+ intakes each per year)
  • Provide assistance on assigned litigation efforts, including preparing pleadings, motions and briefs
  • Depending on experience, identify, develop, lead and manage assigned litigation efforts, including, preparing pleadings, motions, and briefs
  • Perform in-depth legal research
  • Legal writing including, but not limited to, drafting complaints, discovery, briefs, letters, and memos; and non-legal writing including drafting community advisories, issuing briefings, and reports
  • Communicate with outside parties such as attorneys, employers, law enforcement agents, administrative agencies, media contacts, etc.
  • Work to educate and empower community members on their rights through community presentations and material distributions
  • Prepare and assist in CAIR-California reports
  • Travel for outreach including participating in community events and coalition meetings

  • Law degree from an American Bar Association-accredited school
  • California State Bar admission
  • 1-3+ years of experience advocating for, representing and/or litigating on behalf of clients in areas such as employment law, religious discrimination, public accommodation, denial of benefits by governmental and private actors in courts and administrative agencies
  • Strong time management skills with a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills with outstanding attention to detail
  • Comfort working productively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including public speaking experience
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • High degree of self-motivation and creativity
  • A strong commitment to civil rights and CAIR's mission
  • Basic computer proficiency including knowledge of Office 365, OneDrive, and WestLaw Next
  • Knowledge of cloud applications such as SharePoint, Office365

Preferred Qualifications

  • Conversational proficiency in Arabic, Farsi or Urdu


  • Compensation in the range of $85,479-$96,153/annually, commensurate with experience
  • Fully paid Kaiser Health Insurance and Blue Cross PPO Dental Plan for employee and dependents
  • 3% retirement matching contribution
  • 10 paid holidays, 10 sick days, and 12 vacation days
  • Bar license renewal fee, CLE funding support, and malpractice insurance

Please submit (1) a cover letter discussing your interest in the position, (2) your resume, and (3) the names and contact information of three references via the link below.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

CAIR-CA is an equal opportunity employer.

  • $85,479 - $96,153/year

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